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A blast of energy and zeitgeist from Britain's foremost comic talent.

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BEN ELTON's career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. In addition to his hugely influential work as a stand-up comic, he is the writer of such TV hits as The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line. Most recently he has written the BBC series Blessed on the subject of young parenthood. Elton has written three musicals, The Beautiful Game, We Will Rock You and Tonight's the Night and three West End plays. His internationally bestselling novels include The First Casualty (out in Black Swan paperback in April 2006) Popcorn, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society. He wrote and directed the successful film Maybe Baby based on his novel Inconceivable starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson.

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Elton appears to be a blast from the presentÄa British standup comic, TV writer, and playwright whose novel Popcorn is the basis for a forthcoming film. Here, peace protestor Polly and U.S. army captain Jack, stationed in England, have a flaming affair until duty calls. Years later, Jack returns to England looking for his lost love. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Praise from the UK for "Blast from the Past:
"The action is tight and well-plotted, the dialogue is punchy, and the whole thing rolls along so nicely."
--"The Guardian
"Ben Elton's in top form with this gripping black comedy--a sure-fire hit."
--"New Woman
"A lively thriller of sexual politics and morality. Elton's best book yet."
--"Elle
"Blast from the Past is Elton at his most outrageously entertaining."
--"Cosmopolitan
Praise from the UK for "Blast from the Past: "
" The action is tight and well-plotted, the dialogue is punchy, and the whole thing rolls along so nicely."
--"The Guardian"
" Ben Elton's in top form with this gripping black comedy--a sure-fire hit."
--"New Woman"
" A lively thriller of sexual politics and morality. Elton's best book yet."
--"Elle"
" Blast from the Past is Elton at his most outrageously entertaining."
--"Cosmopolitan"

British stand-up comic, playwright and author Elton (Popcorn) brings a new, if unconvincing, twist to the term "sexual politics" in his fifth off-the-wall novel. Polly Slade is a stereotypical leftist activist, but, … la Bridget Jones, she's also sadly single. When Polly was 17, she had a brief and improbable sub rosa love affair with American Captain Jack Kent, who was stationed at the airbase in Greenham, England where, in the '80s, there was a year-long demonstration against American militarism. Polly, radical protester-for-peace in the bloom of her punkish pulchritude, is shortly abandoned by the ambitious Jack, whose pursuit of army life cannot be derailed. Now 16 years have passed and Jack has risen in the U.S. ranks, in line to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Polly's career hasn't been so steady, as she passed through anarchist, feminist and labor support groups. She's dated both politically correct and lying married men. But now she's got a stalker, Peter (whom she nicknames "The Bug"), a former client at the Office of Equal Opportunity where she works. When Jack comes to London and looks up Polly, whom he's never stopped loving, his quest coincides with Peter's escalating harassment. The collision of Polly's loneliness and nostalgia, Jack's egomaniacal personality and "The Bug's" psychosis, which Elton sets up deftly enough, doesn't quite gel. Kent, part Manchurian candidate, part Rambo and overall a blatant symbol of U.S. political corruption, doesn't make a credible figure, especially when his enduring passion for Polly turns deadly. Elton's condescending asides about Polly's ultra-leftie politics render his heroine ridiculous. While the combination of U.S. and British politics, thematically linked with sexual obsession and blood-thirsty ambition, is a promising melange, these characters haven't the mettle to engage most readers in their violent and melodramatic love games. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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